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Flatten Your Head

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Just send in a frontal and two profile photos with $29.95, and within two weeks you’ll receive a glossy, full-color Goode’s Homolosine (or Fuller's Dymaxion) map projection of the above-the-neck you, ear to ear, chin to bald spot. Fold it together to make a three-dimensional twin cranium. Add a fiver and we’ll print it on supple lamb skin.

On the reverse side is printed the surface of the brain with labelled area functions. Assemble the globe over your noggin, and with a penlight through a nostril hole, you can see what parts of your mind are doing what and when.

FarmerJohn, Jul 03 2004

Goode's projection http://www.odt.org/Pictures/goodesho.jpg
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Fuller's projection http://www.odt.org/Pictures/dymaxion.jpg
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Shelley's projection http://www.csulb.ed...es/frankenstein.gif
[Mr Burns, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

My head - flattened. http://www.purple-p...bakery/HeadMap1.jpg
[wagster, Aug 21 2005]

Flattened again... http://www.purple-p...bakery/HeadMap2.jpg
[wagster, Aug 21 2005]


       Didn't we do an idea for creating personal skins for 3D programs?
DrCurry, Jul 03 2004

       I dunno. This I like.
dpsyplc, Jul 03 2004

       You are obviously a fruitcake, and I don't know about the brain/flashlight bit, but would I pay $30 for a map projection of my head to frame and put on the wall? Without a shadow of a doubt. Who wouldn't? In fact, if anyone can do it, please contact me and I will PayPal them $30. In the meantime, I'm going to sit down with Photoshop and look at some mapping sites.
wagster, Jul 03 2004

       // I'm going to sit down with Photoshop and look at some mapping sites. //   

       And yet *he's* the fruitcake...   

       By extension you could map out your entire birthday suit. Hang it on a wall like a rug, or sleep in it.
RayfordSteele, Jul 03 2004

       Make it semi-transparent so it doubles as a lampshade and I'm in.   

       Hmm. I wonder - if it was a lampshade and you placed it the centre of the room, would it project your entire head over the walls? That would be weird. And slightly schizophrenic; like walking around inside your own head.   

       Fuller Goode ideas, this FarmerJohn bloke.
lostdog, Jul 03 2004

       The problem with the birthday suit idea is that these projections are designed to flatten spheres while retaining areas and distances in proportion. As your head is not a sphere there will inevitably be a little distortion, which could be interesting. Your head however approximates a sphere (especially if you're Charlie Brown), whereas your body does not. Maybe there's another method for doing this?
wagster, Jul 04 2004

       I love this, though I would prefer a Mercator projection.
waugsqueke, Jul 04 2004

       Lostdog's lampshade idea could be called the brain observatory.
tomarse, Jul 07 2004

       I think this would look cooler with distortion. Sort of a photo-realistic picasso... +
gabe, Jul 07 2004

       <[thumbwax] reaches for credit card.>
angel, Jul 08 2004

       But it wouldn't be your brain specifically?   


       Just a standard picture of a brain from file?
britboy, Jul 08 2004

       Unfortunately, no, but it’s not a standard brain either. Having an unusual pattern of grooves (sulci) on both right and left parietal lobes, it’s been PhotoShopped from the 240 remaining pieces of Einstein’s brain.
FarmerJohn, Jul 08 2004

       / I would prefer a Mercator projection/   

       Me too. Anything for a decent jawline.
egbert, Jul 08 2004

       My head is already flat!
menotyou, Jul 08 2004

       Initially I thought this would be something about hammering the top of your head to make it flat. This is a whole lot better. I like the idea of projecting it onto the room around you - kind of like "Being John Malkovich". I like it!
energy guy, Jul 08 2004

       Would also be useful for making those 3-D skins on video games...
ghillie, Jul 08 2004

       This was one of the first ideas that I read here and it made me want to come back. I never worked out how to convert photos to map projections in Photoshop (I'm now sure that it can be done using displacement mapping, but I haven't worked out how to create the displacement map - anyone help?) but I did work out that if you insert your head into a document scanner and rotate it as it scans, you will get an approximation of a cylindrical projection of your head (link x 2). It's not a very accurate projection, but I did eventually flatten my head - take a look.
wagster, Aug 21 2005

       [wags], you have way too much time on your hands. On the other hand, they're nearly works of art - you should print them out and frame 'em.
moomintroll, Aug 21 2005

       Unfortunately not. I am actually very short of time due to spending so much of it doing things like feeding my head into scanners.
wagster, Aug 21 2005

       Those pictures have got to be the most sinister things I've seen in a long time. The stuff of nightmares.
squeak, Aug 22 2005

       Then have them print out a 3D colored model of your head layer by layer. Then insert some magnets inside the head and have your head float and spin in your room like those electro magnetic levitating globes.
Kcsolutions123, Aug 22 2005

       [wagster], nice images. I'd like to see them about 8 feet tall. Odd.
oxen crossing, Aug 22 2005


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